Black and white photograph showing Rabbi Herman Hailperin and Cantor Joseph Levin wearing Jewish religious regalia standing at the bima of a sanctuary. Bima is flanked by bouquets of white flowers.
Tree of Life Congregation was founded in 1864, making it the second oldest Jewish congregation in Western Pennsylvania and the oldest affiliated with Conservative Judaism. The congregation hired Rabbi Herman Hailperin in 1922, a few months before his graduation from Jewish Theological Seminary. He led the congregation until he retired in 1968 and remained its rabbi emeritus until his death in 1973. Cantor Joseph Levin immigrated to the United States from Grodno in the mid-1880s and came to Pittsburgh in 1902, after serving congregations in Ohio for 17 years. He was the cantor of Tree of Life Congregation from 1902 until his retirement in 1940, working first at the Fourth Avenue synagogue and later at the Craft Avenue synagogue.
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